Conservatives Want To Leave New York State… And Take Some Of New York With Them

Be careful what you wish for. Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio both told conservative they have no place in New York State. As Cuomo put it:

Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.

Conservatives seem to have heard and taken to heart Cuomo’s words. According to the Washington Times, conservatives are pushing for a “two state” solution to the ideological divide in what is now New York State.

 “I’ve lived in New York all my life, and upstate and downstate have two different philosophies of life,” said John Bergener, an Albany County resident and organizer of the two New Yorks effort. “And it seems like they’re always in conflict.”

Campaigns for “secession” or a 51st state have been on the rise since the 2012 presidential election — see California, Colorado and Maryland — but the New York movement has a twist.

Instead of splitting New York into two distinct states, advocates want one state controlled by two autonomous regional governments.

The state would retain a “token” presence, funded by the 3 percent sales tax, and would remain united for federal purposes such as the Electoral College and congressional seats. But the power on all state matters would be transferred to the regions.

The downstate region would be called New York and include the counties of Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond, Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester — basically New York City and its neighboring counties, including Long Island.

The upstate region tentatively would be named New Amsterdam — after the 17th-century Dutch settlement on Manhattan Island that eventually became New York City — and would comprise the state’s remaining 53 counties, including the state capital of Albany.

I have to assume the contrivance of “a token presence” is designed to avoid an actual secession fight in the courts. It doesn’t appeal to me. I’d be curious how it could possibly structure its court system. Besides that, the dominant liberals are incapable of voluntarily letting the conservatives alone. They don’t really want them to leave. They want them to remain prisoners.

So my hope is that this movement morphs into a straightforward push for Secession.